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Whatever happened to the reform of pension tax relief?


The Government’s plans to resolve the injustices of the Pension Tax Relief system appear to have been ditched. Announced in the budget of 2015, expected in that year’s autumn statement and postponed in the months running up to this year’s … Continue reading

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Tax-subsidies on retirement advice; a waste of public funds!


The Government intends to extend tax breaks on pensions to allow those with pension pots to use them to pay for advice. The details are in this consultation document. The fundamental premise is that taking financial advice on retirement matters … Continue reading

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Why Now had to bail out HMRC


  Workplace pension provider NOW: Pensions has announced  that it will pay the Government’s workplace pension for the Government. For the 2015/2016 tax year NOW will make up the income tax relief shortfall for members of its scheme that aren’t taxpayers … Continue reading

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How tax relief works (guest blog from Vincent Franklin)


  I love this simple explanation of how tax-relief works. Far too well written to be by me, the words are from Quietroom’s Vincent Franklin.   The government wants us to save for when we retire. They encourage us through … Continue reading

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The late-pain robbery! (why pensions are still for the chop)


It’s been two weeks since the Treasury announced no change on pension tax-relief and everybody’s happy nowadays. The forestalling jamboree that had seen SIPP provider AJ Bell estimate £1.5bn flowing into wealth preservation schemes (sorry SIPPs) has been de-railed. We … Continue reading

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Tax relief may be safe but our pensions aren’t


I wrote yesterday about the shock announcement from the Treasury that it wasn’t going to do anything about pension tax relief. Normally the Treasury does nothing about tax relief without telling us, which was great for financial advisers who saw a … Continue reading

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Beware false prophets!


Before breathing a sigh of relief, the pension industry should remember the diversionary tactics put in place by the Treasury prior to the introduction of Pension Freedoms , the budget before last. Tax relief- as it impacts you and me- … Continue reading

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Running Pension Policy – Snapchat Style!


There are leaks and there are leaks, but this feels like the Treasury pulling the plug out with the bath full and ready! Take a look at the timeline of the Times’ story (12.01am); this is no idle tittle-tattle from the … Continue reading

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5 reasons why pension tax-relief should go!


As a nation we cannot afford it (as part of a balanced welfare system) We are over-incentivising private pensions (compared with similar countries) Tax-relief is bloating the wealthy not helping the poor The influx of 11m+ new savers into AE (especially … Continue reading

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What is the point (of tax-relief)?


  A tired (and possibly emotional) actuary sends me a late night mail which starts.. What is the tax relief deal?  Govt in effect borrows money over 40 years on average to invest in whatever DC investors invest in and … Continue reading

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